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Apparition

Apparition

There was a moment during Natalie Dessay’s performance of Schubert’s “Gretchen am Spinnrade” when the singer summoned the ghost of her former self. It was on the word Kuß!: her voice opened majestically, blooming with a youthful vibrancy. It brought back memories of her great successes on the operatic stage—Ophelia, Lucia, Zerbinetta—the performances that made her an international star.  Now, at the age of 52, Dessay has left the practice of opera behind. In 2013, ... Read More »

We live by encouragement and die without it

We live by encouragement and die without it

Born on this day in 1917 actress Celeste Holm. //www.youtube.com/watch?v=YG6UllZwj9c Born on this day in 1842 composer Carl Millöcker. //www.youtube.com/watch?v=RY582F06Rd0 Born on this day in 1879 conductor Thomas Beecham. //www.youtube.com/watch?v=EIL3Tqyahis Born on this day in 1895 conductor Malcolm Sargent. //www.youtube.com/watch?v=RdkYojpn644 Happy 81st birthday conductor Zubin Mehta. //www.youtube.com/watch?v=s0-nMfZGAJo Happy 79th birthday bass Harald Stamm. //www.youtube.com/watch?v=wABKOstQ3Q0 Happy 62nd birthday baritone Gino Quilico. //www.youtube.com/watch?v=vYaAtASo65s Source: Music-2 Read More »

Yes, we have no Banat

Yes, we have no Banat

Nineteenth-century opera comes in two varieties: With Gypsies or without. With Gypsies you get fortune tellers, stolen babies, wild dances and rhythmic metallurgy—unless they are metaphorical Gypsies, as in La Bohème. In The Gypsy Baron (Der Zigeunerbaron), currently (through Sunday) enjoying a revival by the Manhattan School of Music Opera Theater, you get all of them, plus Strauss waltzes and patriotic marches.  Patriotism, to Strauss, meant anything in march time or an ethnic dance beat. ... Read More »

Got to know how to pony

Got to know how to pony

Happy 76th birthday actress Ann-Margret.  //www.youtube.com/watch?v=ekHJ2exnP_c On this day in 1865 Meyerbeer’s L&8217;Africaine premiered in Paris. //www.youtube.com/watch?v=cmnihyy9-pw Born on this day in 1911 soprano Maria Tauberová. //www.youtube.com/watch?v=OvHlKVQ45jE Born on this day in 1920 mezzo-soprano Nan Merriman. //www.youtube.com/watch?v=krL_kt-1GAY Happy 74th birthday conductor Jeffrey Tate. //www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fcly8-RGhgw Source: Music-2 Read More »

Crate expectations

Crate expectations

Not a few eyebrows arched on social media when L.A. Opera appropriated the hashtag “Fight like a girl” on street level poster adverts all over town for the revival of their 2013 production of Giacomo Puccini’s Tosca.  I read a lot of sniffing online about how it wasn’t &8220;suitable&8221; or &8220;seemly.&8221; Having seen the production playing at the Music Center downtown I can state unequivocally that I’d sleep a hell of a lot better knowing ... Read More »

The song is you

The song is you

While the Metropolitan Opera is in the midst of a run of Der Fliegende Holländer, it seems with the cancellation of the proposed Stefan Herheim production that Met audiences might have to wait a very long time for Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg. So “Trove Thursday” jumps in with a broadcast conducted by Herbert von Karajan featuring Gundula Janowitz, René Kollo and Karl Ridderbusch.  Although Karajan might be identified with Meistersinger due to his two commercial ... Read More »

Die Macht des Schicksals!

Die Macht des Schicksals!

Born on this day in 1922 actor Jack Klugman.  //www.youtube.com/watch?v=FLxS6MvHF44 Born on this day in 1802 composer Louis Niedermeyer. //www.youtube.com/watch?v=UBDHKh9cKPM Born on this day in 1812 composer Friedrich von Flotow. //www.youtube.com/watch?v=v8OH7X7hNa8 Born on this day in 1871 composer Arthur Nevin. //www.youtube.com/watch?v=mz9uyPIr4SA On this day in 1867 Gounod’s Romeo et Juliette premiered in Paris. //www.youtube.com/watch?v=iLNAKP3jc18 On this day in 1877 Massenet&8217;s Le Roi de Lahore premiered in Paris. //www.youtube.com/watch?v=jfBM8n5zNqY Born on this day in 1892 soprano ... Read More »

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